Interested in colon cleansing?

Colon cleansing has been around since ancient times, as people believed that intestinal waste “poisons the body.” Colon cleansing has staged a come back in recent years. It is actively promoted as a natural way to enhance well-being. There are four points to know before engaging in this practice.

  • Colon irrigation may be harmful, especially if you have a history of gastrointestinal disorders like diverticulitis, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, history of colon surgery, severe hemorrhoids, or kidney or heart disease.
  • Colon cleansing practitioners or “hygienists” are not licensed by a scientifically based organization.
  •  The devices used for the procedure are not approved by the FDA for colon cleansing. Bacterial contamination has been linked to inadequately disinfected or sterilized irrigation practices.
  • Side effects of colon cleansing include bowel perforation, heart failure, acute kidney insufficiency, pancreatitis, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Colon cleansing can be performed at home with self-administered kits or at an office by a colon therapist/hygienist. Either way, colon cleansing is performed by lying on a table and a large volume of fluid—up to 60 liters—is introduced into the rectum through one tube while another tube in the rectum gathers the waste.

Be aware of the above risks and the lack of evidence showing benefit.

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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